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I am seeking information regarding the Styer 300M Match CISM rifle. General history, dates of manufacture, when imported to the USA, barrel thread specifications, What was the purpose of threading a match rifle barrel? Quantity manufacured? Serial number to manufacture date data, Original price? Any other info. Thanks
 

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I don't know of any CISMs imported into the US. I was in contact with an owner in Switzerland and helped him track down a source for a diopter sight.

Contact the good folks at SteyrArms www.steyrarms.com. They may be able to help you more.
 

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Gun Blue Book states there were less than 100 ever imported into the U.S. and they came in a 308 and a 7.5x55 Swiss round. They were made to shoot a military "conseil international du sport militaire" competition. You can google it and find out more. As far as price, I'm not sure you can go by gun value books because they are very rare. It's a full blown competition target rifle if there ever was one.
 

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One of our local stores has/had one. I thought long and hard about it, but to be honest. It was the black tactical model. When I got up and close, they had actually just painted black over the bluish wood stock giving it a "tactical" feel. Kinda cheesy coming from the factory if you ask me. It looked like a basic steyr pro type action, nothing special. They wanted 2700.00 ish if I recall.

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Thanks for the info. I am looking at one on-line and it looks interesting. I have no experience with target rifles or competition shooting. Just looking for a tack driver to take to the range and mess around with. Learned about CISM during an internet search last evening. I did contact Steyr for info early in the week and am awaiting their response. I leaning toward purchasing it, looks like a quality piece. Thanks for the info. Doug
 

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Thank you for your response. I have my eye on one and it looks very interesting. Sounds like a real tack driver. I did google CISM last night and learned what that piece of the puzzle qas. 300M for 300 meter match. I am stil curious as to why a match rifle has a threaded barrel and what it was used for/what thread specification. This is a very interesting piece and educational learning about it.
 

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Thank you for your response. I have my eye on one and it looks very interesting. Sounds like a real tack driver. I did google CISM last night and learned what that piece of the puzzle qas. 300M for 300 meter match. I am stil curious as to why a match rifle has a threaded barrel and what it was used for/what thread specification. This is a very interesting piece and educational learning about it.
A specialty rifle might have a threaded barrel for barrel attachments, suppressors of some sort or what not. Could be any number of things really.

Might just be a muzzle break, or even for vibration stabilization.
 

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If the price is right grab it! They are indeed tack drivers. They are/were for the 300m competition, but any other long distance shooting is fine as well, particularly so in 7.5x55. It's ballistics are within 0.25 MOA of the 6.5 Grendel.

Note that the 300m range is shot using the diopter sight, not glass optics. If you're going to put glass on them, figure out a way to do so without drilling if possible. Take a look at the clamp on holder for the SchmidtRubin K31 at Graf and Sons for an idea of how to do it. That will maintain the value for future collectors.
 

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thanks for the information. Unfortunately, someone already must have drilled it as it has bases on it. It would probably be an keeper anyway if it shoots as advertised. So far, I am impressed by what little I have been able to find out about it. It does "not" have the diopter, just bases and rings, no glass. The Blue Book has it from about $1200-3600, but says subtract 35% for 7.5x55. Don't know if that is with or without diopter for that price range. Thanks again for your input. The more I learn about this, the better I can make a decision. How much effect on value has drilling caused? No diopter?
 

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I have an original brochure on one. It's not in english. Took me years to find a brochure. I would wait and buy one that is 98-100% complete and wouldn't settle for one that has been messed with. I have not shot a steyr that isn't a tac driver. They also came with a mirage cover that went between the diopter sights. You can google pictures of them and see the mirage band. They also came with an adjustable hand stop on the bottom of the front of the stock.
 

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I'm amused by the discount for the 7.5x55. Shooting costs are lower too.:popcorn:
 

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There was no explanation in the Blue Book for the 7.5mm 35% discounted valuation. Can only make an assumption that .308 would have greater demand. The 7.5mm does appear to have excellent ballistics though.
 

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The "Blue Book" is only a book. A gun has different value to each individual. I have never seen a CISM selling in any gun store I have ever visited. I have only seen them for sale on-line. Steyr makes amazing weapons. I find it a real treat to shoot a steyr over every other gun I have shot.
 

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Would anyone know who used the 7.5 x 55 in CISM competition? What team, what year, etc? When I go out to the Steyr site, I don't find any information on the 300 Match CISM rifles. I thought there might be more reference to them available on the internet. Is there a different web site that I need to go to other than the Steyr site to find info on the CISM 300 Match? Thank you for your assistance. The one I am purchasing has appears to have the original factory paperwork (as viewed in the on-line advertisement). Looks like I will need the original diopter sights and forward hand rest though. Thanks,
 

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I'm guessing some Swiss shooter, you may have to polish up your German to find it out though. I think the guy I was corresponding with (I lost his address when my system crashed a couple of years ago), was in maybe the canton of Fribourg. I helped him find the diopter on a Swiss German website, so they at least had/have stock for the Steyr in Switzerland.
 

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I know this is an old thread, however I thought I'd share some info. I own one of these highly prized rifles. It is complete with diopter sights, mount and original paperwork and in like new condition. I traded a national match Springfield 1903 for it a couple years ago. It's chambered in the 7.5x55 Swiss. It is absolutely the finest rifle I have ever owned and I've owned pretty much everything. I've been working loads for it for 1000 yrd. shooting. Irrespective of the load it easily produces 3/4 to 1/2 MOA groups and has produced groups approaching 1/4 MOA. I've mounted a Leupold 6x18 VariX II target scope which is period for the rifle. The mounts were easy. 2 piece Leupold with Warn steel rings.
As for the ballistics, the 7.5x55 Swiss in a modern rifle is formidable to say the least. I have it moving a Hornady 178 gr match bullet at 2850 fps using a relatively slow powder, like Reloder 22 or Power Pro 4000-MR in the mid 50's grain of powder on top of CCI BR primers. FYI, the 7.5x55 case and the 30.06 case, not including the neck hold virtually the same amount of powder with the 30.06 case perhaps having 1 to 2 gr. advantage.
If I have only one rifle left it will be this one. I believe the only reason these, when you can find one, are even remotely reasonably priced is because nobody knows what they are and info. about them is very little. The only real world comparison I could make as to value is take a look at the other Steyr tactical rifles that are sold now. I think these in the laminate unpainted stocks were made for only a year I think in 1996.
 

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There is one thing about the Swiss, they engineer things to work and work well. 7.5x55 Swiss is a really excellent caliber for long distance shooting. I'm trying to find the paper on the new bullet shape that some Swiss came up with. IIRC it reduced the effect of a side wind to 1/10 the previous value on the same caliber and weight of bullet.
 
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